qwertyasdf: To be very honest, a 50mm lens, no matter the performance, doesn't excite me.
There are more superb 50mm lens out there than there are superb photographers.
I'm more inclined to see some unseen lenses, 20mm F1.4, anyone?
To each his own. 50mm lenses are already available from very sharp to very soft but for the sort of person who doesn't think the regular D800 captures enough detail, this would be an interesting lens.
ShutterNot: Having to use an add-on EVF is a real pain in the a**. I bought the Panasonic GF1 with that add on when it first came out. That thing sticking out on top just doesn't work for me. I am a BIG fan of the PowerShot PRO 1 which I still have and use occasionally - and I am still waiting for it's modern replacement from Canon. I mostly use my Fuji X100 now, but would prefer Canon color rendition in that package. What is CANON really saving by not having the EVF built in ?
Money. Build in the EVF, add $300 and the customer will buy Fuji. And about the crummy optical finder on the old G1X, there was an easy solution. Don't use it. Compared to the G1X2, the original G1X optical viewfinder was thrown in free.
Wolfgang Fieger: The original G1X was producing pictures with a contrast setting way too high. As a result sunny daylight JPGs out of camera where hardly usable. How did this change with the new G1X MkII? If I look at the HDR image in your review I still think that the standard shot is way too contrasty, while HDR is just close to what the camera should produce as a standard...
It's true. Of course someone critical enough to buy an $800 camera might consider shooting raw, which holds the highlights much better.
GaryJP: About two years ago, these comment pages and forums were full of people saying the G 1 X had issues, that it would not be popular, it would not sell well, the price would drop "any day now", it would be an evolutionary dead end, and Canon would not make a Mk II.
Well, wrong on all counts, and in my town if you don't get to stores within half an hour of delivery the camera is sold out.
Now the critics may start pontificating that there will never be a G1 X Mk III, and the Mk II won't sell, and will soon drop its price.
The fact that a camera that has been available for a week is a hot seller doesn't mean anything. Even the Df was hot for a month or two. (And I own 2 G1X cameras so I appreciate how good these cameras are.)
Why is it so hard to get a camera like this right? I’m sure it takes better shots than the RX100 (the original G1X does this) but for $800 there shouldn't be any obvious “issues”.
If it needs a bigger grip, they should give you one. If the battery doesn't last, let the user zoom manually.
reginalddwight: I find the inclusion of the reviewer's shooting experience in recent DPR reviews quite useful.
Since sensor technology in compacts is frequently shared among different camera brands and may be nearing a plateau in IQ, the ease of manipulating exposure controls and quickly and accurately acquiring focus under various lighting conditions are what help photographers choose one camera over another.
The G1X II looks to be competitive with the RX100 II. I imagine the in-studio comparison shots will be available soon. Thanks for the initial impressions.
Like it's predecessor, the only thing that makes it stand out is the decent sized sensor. This is also the only significant flaw in the RX100. It's a disappointment because, once again you have to choose between image quality and everything else.
Hugo808: Great, that'll save you taking a step closer...
Changing your lens and not being able to change your lens are two different things. But this is the next best thing, and if you care about high speed sync the best of both worlds.
But that's not all...Hack 'n Tack is also a tie tack, refrigerator magnet and fishing lure. The kids will have hours of fun playing with Hack & Tack, while learning the secrets of magnetism.
What would have taken this from good to great would be if these guys were located in Hackensack, New Jersey but it's still pretty cool.
smafdy: Why would anyone buy this or any camera when they can have a smart phone that does the "same thing."
And I'll bet this Pentax doesn't have games, take calls or locate restaurants.
I thought this was a group photo of all the people who never had problems with Windows.
REDred Photo: I bought this camera the minute it was available. I'm using it exclusively with my collection of Contax Zeiss manual focus lenses with a Metabones Speedbooster. It's THE perfect Contax S2 35mm film body replacement. The Fuji color palette is the most film-like digital I've seen. The Zeiss glass and the Speedbooster focal reducer means no crop factor and truly stunning f/1.0 potential and sharpness you have to see to believe.
I shoot Hasselblad/PhaseOne in the studio. Sold off all my Canon gear a couple years ago in favor of the EM-5 and beautiful Olympus lenses. I loved the m43 system but always felt I was sacrificing image quality for convenience compared to the 5D. Now I've sold off all my m43 gear in favor of the Fuji X-T1 with Speedbooster and I couldn't be happier.
X-T1 plus Contax Zeiss / Speedbooster is even finding a place in my studio work next to the Hasselblad/Phase One. I've never had anything work so beautifully for natural window light portraits! :-)
Very interesting, thanks. This sounds like a great set up.
I think it misses the point to judge these storefronts on their "beauty". The point is that any sort of uniqueness, any personality has been replaced by sameness. It's like visiting a mall in a distant city. Everything is identical to what you have at home. But some people take comfort in this. Mediocrity rocks.
saralecaire: Don't see what's the big deal about this? It doesn't inspire any feelings or message to the general viewer. Photography-wise, doesn't show anything outstanding either. Unless you were among the people who lives in that neighborhood perhaps it might speak to you.
I live thousands of miles away yet I find this quite interesting and this type of record keeping a good use for photography.
This had so much potential. You take 10 families. Nine have the same stuff--chips, laundry detergent, Bud Lite. Then, there's one family that looks like all the others. They smile at the camera just like the others but their trash is, well, different.
bgbs: Nikon 1 failure. It's simple, if you cannot sell it in the USA you've failed.
Asia is huge and these are people who want the things everybody else has had for decades. They are making up for lost time.
The reason wacky colors are not sold in the US is that people don't buy them--including dealers for whom they're an inventory nightmare.
As for increasing sales by not allowing people to make returns, while this is an amusing idea, with places like Calumet going under, many people have no choice but to buy a camera, sight unseen.
If this could be adapted to an electric car battery it would be really be something.
ProfHankD: Looking at their gallery, IQ looks disturbingly much like that of my Spiratone 18mm f/3.5 (YS/M42 mount) on a Sony A7. The Spiratone cost 1/10 as much, and I'm not sure it was worth that....
It was made by Sigma, BTW. The construction would impress people nowadays because even cheap lenses were metal and made in Japan, but it was exceptionally lousy. Even Pop Photo gave it less than a perfect score.
They weren't that great in '58 so I'd be wary of getting one with too much "unique character" but these will likely turn up on eBay at very good prices.
It may not be sharp but man, it's convenient. They even reference the original 28-200 in their press release. Not something I would want to remind people of but they know this market better than anyone.
Richard Franiec: It is really refreshing and encouraging to see the smaller player like Sigma to go toe to toe with the legend like Zeiss. For fraction of the price.I'm watching recent Sigma's unpretentious approach to their new product with awe.
This lens among the other Art Series lenses should serve as a bucket of an ice water on the heads of disillusioned profiteers from major brands.
I looked at the SLR gear review. It's refreshing to see the word "soft" used to describe the corner performance of the Canon and Nikon lenses. Fans, it's true. Your favorite brand has some stinkers. But the people who test these things work so hard at pulling their punches that it takes a really exceptional lens to compel this type of candor.
You can't say "While somewhat disappointing, this level of performance is in line with everybody else" when somebody else is a whole lot better.